On this day in 2011: R Ashwin’s run-out helped West Indies to dramatic last-ball draw against India


Before the start of West Indies tour India In the winter of 2011, many cricket pundits predicted the hosts to win the three-match Test series, mainly owning the advantage of home soil. The script of the tournament was very similar during the first two matches of the series. However, no one had any idea of ​​what happened on the last day of the third test match. Yes, a draw was predictable at the start of the fifth day of the Wankhede Test. But instead of a boring draw, the spectators witnessed the most extraordinary day of red ball cricket and the match ended in a tie.

It should be mentioned that this was only the second time in the history of Test cricket that a match ended in a draw with a tied score.

India’s spin wizard Ravichandra Ashwin was awarded the Player of the Match as well as the Player of the Series award, but he was not the player of the series for the hosts when he needed just two off the last ball to win the final Test. Runs were needed. He scored a run on the last ball to tie the score but was not quick enough for the second, which could have sealed the win and also helped record a clean sweep for India.

West Indies’ Fidel Edwards, who was known for securing nail-biting draws for his side with the bat, once again worked for his team but this time with the ball.

Batting first, West Indies scored a mammoth total of 590 runs for the loss of ten wickets in the first innings. In reply, India scored 482 runs for the loss of ten wickets thanks to Ashwin’s scintillating century.

Unlike in their first innings, West Indies had a terrific outing with the bat during their second innings as they were bowled out for 134, setting India a target of 243 runs to win the match.

India did not start well in the second innings as they lost Gautam Gambhir In the fifth over of the match. After that Virender Sehwag picked up the pace for India by scoring a brilliant half-century. Virat Kohli He also scored a scintillating half-century while batting on six to continue the home team’s chase.

Towards the end, India took complete control of the match as they needed 42 runs in ten overs to win the match. At that time there did not seem to be a tough fight with Kohli and Ashwin at the crease.

However, in the span of four overs, everything changed after Ashwin came into the limelight after Kohli was caught in the street off Devendra Bishoo. For the next five overs, Ashwin looked in remarkable control as he tried to hand India a tense victory. Ashwin added 15 runs with Ishant Sharma before the pacer was sent back to the pavilion on the last ball of the final over.

Three runs needed off the last ball of the final over, Edwards bowled a loaded in-field. Debutant Varun Aaron could not score a single run in three balls of the over. On the fourth ball he took a single to rotate the strike with Ashwin and the next ball of the over was another dot ball.

Ashwin hit the last ball of the over towards long on, but could not complete two runs as the match was drawn.

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